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My fellow alumni, 

Bythetimeyou read this, the university will be in thefull swing ofthe 
fall semester and all ofthe activities that entails: football, soccer, vol- 
leyball, pep rallies, service projects and, most importantly, meaningful 
learning inside and outside the classroom. We began the semester by 
welcoming an impressive freshman class and, as always, the NSU family 
and the Natchitoches community went above and beyond welcoming 
our students, helping prepare them for their academic journey. 

Essential to our aspiration to become the nation's premiere regional 
university is a student experience second to none, and uniquely North- 
western State. Dr. Chris Maggio has served on an interim basis as the 
Vice President ofthe Student Experience. I am proud to announce the 
University of Louisiana System Board of Directors has approved the ap- 
pointment of Dr. Maggio on a permanent basis, and we look forward to 
his continued leadership. 

Just before the semester began, however, many of our students from south Louisiana 
faced unspeakable challenges when their homes flooded, and there were uncertainties 
about when and if they would be able to return to class. The Northwestern State family re- 
sponded by reaching out to those students with the promise to serve their needs to the best 
of our abilities. Our faculty, staff and students sprang into action to provide what assistance 
we could and received overwhelming support in the form of donations of bedding, school 
supplies and food items to assist those who had lost everything. Student groups, who were 
not yet in school, independently organized relief efforts and headed to south Louisiana to 
help. This illustrates the sense of family, compassion and leadership that makes Northwest- 
ern State more than just a place to earn a diploma. 

In closing, I must acknowledge the great loss to the Natchitoches/Northwestern family, 
and indeed, all of Louisiana, when our friend, Jimmy Long Sr., was killed in a traffic accident 
Aug. 9. Mr. Jimmy was a member of the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana 
System and for 50 years was a powerful force for education in Louisiana, especially North- 
western State University. Just a few days later, we lost another member ofthe family, Carroll 
Long, the beloved chaplain ofthe Demon football team and one of our strongest supporters 
of NSU. Both are treasured members ofthe Long Purple Line. In their honor, we will proudly 
carry on with a legacy of vision, leadership and loyalty. 

Please contact me with any questions or concerns. 

Dear alumni, 

If you have the impression that things at Northwestern State have 
been tremendously busy and that many exciting things are happening 
on all of our campuses, you are correct. 

The fall semester started with a bang and the weeks leading up to 
Homecoming always fly by. Already, months of preparation have gone 
into making Homecoming 201 6 exciting and memorable. Please take 
a moment to tear out the centerfold of this edition of Alumni Columns, 
clip to your refrigerator or bulletin board and make plans to attend this 
year's celebration. Our Friday evening events -- the parade, pep rally 
and Rockin' on the Riverbank festival -- continue to grow in popularity 
and there are many fun family events planned for our Saturday home 
football games. All of our alumni and friends are welcome. 

There are many ways you can stay involved with Northwestern 
State, by joining an alumni chapter, visiting in person or following us 
on social media. Feel free to join our quarterly Alumni Chats on Twitter 
@nsulaalumni or follow our activities on Facebook. If you are interested 
in mentoring students, connecting with prospective interns or young professionals or seek- 
ing career advancement for yourself, visit to make that happen. Don't be 
afraid to reach out to us. In the past several months, we have developed more partnerships 
with individuals, businesses and corporations than ever before and we all benefit from these 

We are running on all cylinders here at NSU. Thankyou for all you do in supporting North- 
western State University. 

Drake Owens 
2004 , 2005 
Assistant Vice 
President of 
External Affairs 
for University 

Alumni Columns 
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Northwestern State University 
Natchitoches, Louisiana 
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President Monty Chicola, Natchitoches, 1979, 1980 

1st Vice President Dr. P. Cade Brumley, Stonewall, 2002 

2nd Vice President Caron Chester Coleman, 

Natchitoches, 2000 

Secretary. Patricia Hrapmann, New Orleans, 1973, 1978 

Treasurer. Mike Wilburn, Shreveport, 1975 


NSU President Dr. lim Henderson, 1994 

Vice President for External Affairs Jerry Pierce, 1961 

Assistant Vice President of External Affairs 

for University Advancement Drake Owens, 2004, 2005 

Associate Director of 

Alumni Affairs Vanner Erikson, 201 1, 2014 


Wil Adams 

Shreveport, 2009 

Jerry Brungart 

Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Tommy Chester 

Natchitoches, 1969 

Leonard Endris 

Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

Allen Evans 

Shreveport, 1989 

John Evans 

Natchitoches, 1992 

Michael Gallien 

Houston, 1981 

Dr. Hayward Hargrove 

Black Mountain, N.C., 1964 

Trey Hill 

Carencro, 1985 

Carlos Jones 

Round Rock, Texas, 1993 

Gail Jones 

Natchez, 1981, 1998 

Matt Koury 

Leesville, 1995 

Bryant Lewis 

Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long 

Natchitoches, 1967, 1970 

W. Lane Luckie 

Tyler, Texas, 2008 

Dr. Lisa Landry Mathews 

Shreveport, 1992 

Leah Middlebrook 

Dallas, 1986 

Kip Patrick 

Washington, DC, 1995 

Cliff Poimboeuf. 

Shreveport, 1984 

Michael Prudhomme 

Natchez, 1984 

Joseph W. Schelette 

Shreveport, 1969 

Mark Spikes 

League City, Texas, 1991 

David Stamey 

Natchitoches, 1982 

Joseph B. Stamey 

Natchitoches, 1983 

Glenn Talbert 

Shreveport, 1964 

Taylor Townsend 

Natchitoches, 1986 

Carlos Treadway 

Northville, MI, 1992 

Marti Vienne 

Natchitoches, 1982 

Ricky Walmsley 

Mandeville, 1985 

Dr. Leonard Williams 

New Orleans, 1993 


John Pearce Livonia, SGA President 

Publisher Drake Owens, 2004, 2005 

Editor Leah Pilcher Jackson, 1994, 2011 

Contributors David West 

Doug Ireland, 1986 
Cole Gentry, 2008 
Jason Pugh 
Matthew Vines 

Photography Gary Hardamon 

Karalee Scouten, 2015 
Design/Layout Beth McPherson Mann, 1975 

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Alumni Hall of Distinction will include three new awards 

The Northwestern State University Alumni Association is accepting nominations for its 
Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line, along with three new alumni awards. 

The Long Purple Line was created in 1 990 to provide 
recognition and appreciation to former Northwestern 
State students whose career accomplishments or service 
to their fellow man have enhanced the reputation of the 
university. Selection to the Long Purple Line is the most 
prominent honor bestowed by NSU upon its alumni. 

The 2016 inductees into the Long Purple Line were Greg 
Ashlock, Foster Campbell, Dr. James L. Holly, Glenn Talbert 
and Dr. Randall J. Webb. Since 1 990, 1 1 5 Northwestern 
State alumni have been made part of the Long Purple 

Nominations can be made at 
Iplnomination and will be accepted until Nov. 1 . A 1 2-per- 
son committee, which will include alumni, will select the 
201 7 inductees who will be honored as part of the Spring 
Commencement exercises on May 1 2, 201 7. 

The Outstanding Young Alumni Distinguished Ser- 
vice Award and Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna 
Distinguished Service Award will be given to an NSU 
alumnus/alumna who has exhibited their dedication and 
loyalty to Northwestern's programs and mission. 

The candidate must demonstrate an early record of 
distinguished service to Northwestern and continued in- 
terest in serving the university in his/her life as a volunteer, 
donor and /or advocate. 

The recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Distin- 
guished Service Award must be an alumnus/alumna of 
NSU and have attained alumni status within the past 1 0 
years and be 40 or younger at the time of the nomination. 

The recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna 
Distinguished Service Award must be an alumnus/alumna 
of NSU and must have attained alumni status more than 
10 years ago and be 40 or older at the time of the nomina- 

Nominations may be made by any alumnus or alumna, 
by any alumni chapter or by any member of the faculty or 
staff of University. 

The NSU Alumni Association Volunteer of the Year 
Award will be presented to a person who has exhibited 
his or her dedication and loyalty to Northwestern's pro- 
grams and mission. 

The candidate must be a member of the NSU Alumni 
Association and have continued interest in serving the 
university in his/her life as a volunteer, donor and /or 
advocate, an exemplary record of volunteer time, talents 
and service to the NSU Alumni Association and active 
involvement with a chapter, alumni interest group, affiliate 
program, NSU Alumni Board or other forms of volunteer 
service to Northwestern State University. 

Nominations may be made by any alumnus or alumna, 
by any alumni chapter, or by any member of the faculty or 
staff of University. 

Nominations can be submitted at Northwesternalumni. 
youngoutstandingservice and 
volunteeraward .The deadline to submit nominations for 
the three alumni awards is Oct. I.The awards will be pre- 
sented as part of Homecoming activities on Oct. 21-22. 

University’s historic books are 
available for viewing online 

Two historical books about Northwestern State 
University are available for viewing online. "North- 
western State University of Louisiana: 1 884-1 984 A 
History" and "Northwestern at 125," are available in 
a searchable pdf format. The publications can be 
viewed via 

"Northwestern State University of Louisiana: 
1884-1984 A History" was authored by the late Dr. 
Marietta LeBreton, a long-time professor of history, 
in honor of the school's centennial. The book is out 
of print and difficult to locate. 

"Northwestern at 125" is a commemorative coffee 
table book that describes the history and traditions 
of Northwestern State through pictures and nar- 
rative. The book by Jerry Pierce, Dr. Steve Horton, 
Tom Whitehead and Don Sepulvado was published 

Edited by Jerry Pierce, Steve Horton, Don Sepulvado and Tom Whitehead jf| 2009 3S the University Celebrated the 1 25th year 

of its founding. 

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Latest American Girl has Natchitoches roots 

The newest American Girl to make 
her debut may be a Detroit native, 
but she has roots in Natchitoches. 

The latest historical BeForever doll 
is based on a character created by 
author Denise Lewis Patrick, a 
Northwestern State University gradu- 
ate, and focuses on Melody Ellison, 
a 9-year-old African American girl 
growing up in Detroit in 1 964 against 
the backdrop of the Civil Rights 
movement and the Motown music 
scene. Melody's story is told in the 
doll's accompanying books, "No Ordi- 
nary Sound" and "Never Stop Singing" 
by Patrick. 

Patrick is a freelance writer, editor, 
instructor and literary consultant 
who has authored books of poetry, 
short stories, picture and board 
books for children, non-fiction biog- 
raphies, middle grade novels and a 
young adult novel. She lives in New 
York City and teaches writing and 
critical thinking at Nyack College. 

Her previous successful historical fic- 
tion series focusing on the American 
Girl character Cecile Rey exposed the 
Creole culture of Louisiana to a broad 
audience through the popular doll 
and accompanying books. 

Patrick's new character, Melody, 
is a singer who loves to perform at 
church and in her community. As 
Melody gains more awareness of 
racial inequality and her sense of 
community grows from her extended 
family to include her neighborhood 
and, ultimately, all African Americans, 
she is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther 
King Jr. to lift her voice for fairness 

and equality. The story is intended 
to engage, entertain and educate by 
helping youngsters connect with a 
piece of American history. Melody's 
story was researched and formed 
with input from an advisory board 
to ensure the story was accurate, 
sensitive and hopeful. In the story, 
Melody's family has roots in Alabama 
and Patrick said some aspects of the 
story were lifted from her own life as 
an African American growing up in 
Natchitoches in the 1960s. 

"Anytime I write anything, there are 
elements from my own experience 
that trickle in there," she said. "There 
are things in the way her family 
interacts and the fact that she has 
extended family. They talk and the 
kids are involved in the conversation. 

I didn't grow up in a home where kids 
were excluded from asking ques- 
tions. We were aware of what was 
happening in the nation and could 
talk about it." 

Patrick loves historical fiction but 
when she began her first collabora- 
tion with American Girl, she was a bit 
surprised by the subculture sur- 
rounding the dolls. 

"I don't have daughters. I have four 
sons, so I thought This is interesting 
but so different from the stuff going 
on in my house at the time,"' she said. 

Patrick earned a degree in journal- 
ism at Northwestern State in 1977 
and a master's in creative writing 
from the University of New Orleans. 
She has written narratives for the 
National Underground Railroad Free- 
dom Center exhibition, published a 

Denise Lewis Patrick 

review in the New York Times and 
has written sections for Fodor's Travel 
Guides to New York City. She has 
also worked as an editor for Scho- 
lastic, Inc., as well as several other 
publishing companies and teaches 
intermediate writing at Nyack Col- 

Patrick was lauded by the Af- 
rican American Academy of Arts 
and Letters for Children's Book of 
the Year, was a runner-up for the 
Lamplighter Award by the National 
Christian School Association and has 
had two books listed as Best Books 
for the Teenager by the New York 
Public Library. She has served on 
the advisory board for the Books for 
Kids Foundation, as a mentor for an 
afterschool writing club, as a writer's 
coach and as an elementary school 
reading volunteer. 

She was inducted into Northwest- 
ern State University's Alumni Hall of 
Distinction, the Long Purple Line, in 

For more information, visit her 
website at . 

e-book examines bullying, accepting those who are different 

Dorothy Jones Washington re- 
leased her second children's e-book, 
"I'm Glad I'm Not a Zombie," a rhym- 
ing poetic story that describes a child 
imagining how his life would be if he 
were one of the undead. 

The short story is for children ages 
4-1 1 and examines some topical 

"He imagines what it would be like 
if he were a zombie in school, riding 
his bus, in the classroom and what 
kind of interaction there would be," 

Jones explained. "The story ad- 
dresses some issues like bullying and 
being different and being treated a 
certain way because of that differ- 

Jones is a writer, an educator and a 
mother of four who teaches econom- 
ics courses in Northwestern State 
University's Department of Criminal 
Justice, History and Social Sciences. 
"I'm Glad I'm Not A Zombie" is avail- 
able for $2.99 at 

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Nursing professor named fellow of AANP 

Dr. Sandra Petersen (1 993) was named a fellow by the 
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners earlier this year. 
Petersen is an associate professor within the UTTyler School 
of Nursing's family nurse practitioner program and directs 
the university's newly-created doctorate in nursing practice 
program. She has served UTTyler since 201 2. 

Petersen holds a bachelor of science in nursing from 
Northwestern State University, a master of science in nurs- 
ing from UTTyler and a doctorate of nursing practice from 
Rush College of Nursing. 

AANP Fellows are selected based on superior contribu- 
tions to clinical practice, research, education or policy. 

During the past two decades, Petersen established 
clinical compliance programs that have changed the way in 
which senior care is viewed and administered at the many 
assisted living communities, memory care communities, 

long-term care communities, hospitals and hospice/homec- 
are companies who have sought her services and expertise. 
She recently received a grant from the Baylor Deerbrook 
Charitable Trust to conduct research in the assisted living 
memory care setting with robotic pets. In this study, she is 
examining the utilization of the robots in residents with de- 
mentia and other related disorders. Petersen also received 
an AANP grant for the creation of an online continuing 
education module for assessment and management of pain 
in cognitively impaired elderly. 

In addition, the UTTyler Faculty Learning Committee 
awarded Petersen the 201 2 "Technology and Innovations 
Award"for creative use of technology within virtual learn- 
ing environments. The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor 
Society of Nursing also bestowed her with the 2013-14 
"Excellence in Nursing Practice" honor. 

Overton Brooks staff member awarded Nightingale Award 

Ryan Jacobsen (2008) was recog- 
nized as the Clinical Practice Nurse of 
the Year during the annual Nightingale 
Awards gala, hosted by the Louisiana 
Nurses Foundation. The Nightingale 
Awards are often referred to as the 
Academy Awards of nursing and 
recognize quality service, commitment 
and excellence for registered nurses 
throughout the United States. 

Jacobsen is a registered nurse at 
Overton Brooks VA Medical Center 
(OBVAMC) and is currently the pro- 
gram manager for the Transition Care 
Management (TCM) team, oversee- 
ing veterans who have returned from 
Operation Enduring Freedom, Operat- 
ing Iraqi Freedom and Operation New 

Jacobsen is a veteran himself. He 
served with the Louisiana Army Nation- 
al Guard from 2001-2009. He deployed 
to Iraq from 2004-2005 as a Cavalry 
Scout. His military service provided the 
inspiration to pursue a nursing career. 

"Prior to going to Iraq my plan for a 
career was to go law school and join 
the FBI," he said. "During my combat 
deployment, we had many situations 
where people required medical atten- 
tion. Prior to deployment we were all 
trained in basic lifesaving skills so that 
was enough to get by at the time, but 
this sparked an interest in understand- 
ing the science behind medicine." 

Jacobsen received a Purple Heart for 
injuries sustained while serving in Iraq. 

"I think all nurses have a personal 

story of some interaction of how 
nursing found them. I spent five days 
with my best friend in the ICU at the 
Baghdad Green Zone Combat Support 
Hospital after an IED attack," he said. 
"Around the fourth day, I remember 
looking up at this Air Force Nurse; it 
seemed like she never went off duty 
and was always there. 

"I asked that nurse 'How do you do 
your job, surrounded by all of this?'and 
her answer was very simple — 'Because 
I like to help people.' She followed up 
by asking how I did my job, always 
fighting, always in danger. My reply 
was that I did my job for my buddies 
around me. She said, 'See, we both 
do our jobs for other people.' This 
planted a seed and reinforced my 
interest in not only medicine but 
possibly nursing specifically." 

After completing nursing school 
at NSU, Jacobsen earned a masters 
in nursing administration from LSU 
Health Sciences Center School of 
Nursing. He is currently a doctoral 
candidate in nursing administration 
at Chatham University. He has served 
at OBVAMC for the past two years, sup- 
porting veterans in Arkansas, Louisiana 
and Texas. 

Not only does Jacobsen advocate for 
Veterans, he is an advocate for nursing 
education and training. He believes 
knowledge is essential for personal and 
professional growth and improves the 
nursing profession and patient care. 

i Jacobsen 

"We have an obligation to 
be the best at what we do 
for ourselves, our patients 
and our profession." 

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Kevin Tison inspiring others through teaching and performing 

Kevin Tison (1 993) began teaching 
high choral music part time through 
a series of opportunities he was not 
pursuing. But he unexpectedly fell in 
love with teaching and has enjoyed 
a tremendous amount of success in 
choral music. In March, Tison will take 
his high school choir from Huntington 
Beach Union High School near Los 
Angeles to perform at the prestigious 
American Choral Director's Associa- 
tion conference in Minnesota for the 
second time in five years, an almost 
unheard of accomplishment. 

"It was not a career path that was 
ever planned or desired, "Tison said. 
"Dr. Burt Allen strongly encouraged 
taking education classes, but I was a 
typical stubborn, 'know it all' under- 
grad that didn't listen." 

The Tioga native earned a bachelor's 
in music in piano performance at NSU 
and was involved in marching band 
playing French horn and percussion, 
wind ensemble and orchestra and 
sang and accompanied the choirs. 

After graduating from Northwestern 
State, Tison attended Texas Christian 
University in Fort Worth to earn a mas- 
ter's in piano performance and was 
an assistant director/accompanist for 
Opera Theatre Workshop while study- 
ing conducting and orchestration. He 
was selected to participate with the 
prestigious Van Cliburn Institute and 
performed the Samuel Barber Sonata 
(movements 3 and 4) in a masterclass 
for John Browning. He graduated with 

Tison began working with vocal and 
instrumental church music in 1 989 and, 
after winning an orchestral arranging 
competition and getting a publishing 
deal with Lifeway Music in Nashville 
in 1 997, he began full-time work as a 
church orchestral director in Houston 
before being recruited to a larger posi- 
tion in Southern California in 2000. 

Beginning in 2002, Tison worked 
part time at Laguna Hills High School 
in South Orange County for three 
years, then took a full-time position 
as director of vocal music at Fountain 
Valley (California) High School. He has 
spent the last 1 1 years growing the 
vocal music program at FVHS from 140 
students to over 300, from four choirs 

to eight ranging from the Troubadours 
elite chamber choir to Advanced Men, 
Vocal Jazz Women, Concert Choir and 
beginning Women and Men's choirs. 

Kevin Tison 

"Since being at Fountain Valley High 
School, I have led tours nationally to 
San Diego and San Francisco, per- 
formed throughout the state, in New 
Orleans, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, 
Seattle, Honolulu and Dallas and even 
performing at my alma mater, North- 
western, "Tison said. "I have performed 
at major universities and many iconic 
cathedrals, symphony halls, historic 
California missions, sporting events, 
and churches across the country." 

Six international performance tours 
include Germany, Austria, France, 
England, China, Hong Kong, British Co- 
lumbia, Croatia and Italy that included 
such venues as Notre Dame Cathedral, 
France; Bath Abbey, England; St. Pe- 
ter's Basilica, Rome; St. Mark's Basilica, 
Venice; St. Stephen, Vienna; Shanghai 
Conservatory of Music Concert Hall, 
China, and a specially recorded radio 
broadcast across all of Hong Kong. 

"One of greatest performance 
honors was the selection of my 
Troubadours in 201 1 to perform for 
the first time at the National Confer- 
ence of the American Choral Director's 
Association (ACDA) in Chicago, per- 
forming in Orchestra Hall," he said. "Our 
performance of the Hindemith Six 
Chansons received great acclaim and a 
lengthy standing ovation." 

Earlier this year, the Troubadours 
were also selected as a feature choir at 
the California All-State Music Educa- 
tion Conference in San Jose, also to 
great acclaim. 

"FVHS choirs consistently earn the 
highest of ratings and recognition 
throughout California and the United 
States for performing unusual and 
challenging repertoire with an excep- 
tionally expressive and lyrical delivery," 
Tison said. "Their style and distinctive 
sound truly sets them apart from most 
high school choirs." 

Tison was in Rome this past summer 
when he opened the"Congratula- 
tions"email inviting theTroubadors to 
perform at next year's ACDA National 
Conference in Minneapolis. 

In addition to his teaching, he regu- 
larly performs with the Pacific Chorale, 
a professional choir in Orange County, 
singing at the Hollywood Bowl, Walt 
Disney Concert Hall and Segerstrom 
Symphony Hall. He also works as a 
classical pianist performing chamber 
music and accompanying other musi- 
cians. Most recently he presented a 
series of performances as piano soloist 
of the Beethoven Choral Fantasy in 
California and Michigan. 

"I am very proud of my students 
and the level of musicianship that we 
achieve together, "Tison said. "I am so 
incredibly blessed to be able to live in 
beautiful Southern California and to 
get up each day and go make music 
with these wonderfully receptive and 
enthusiastic students! I could not 
even dream of doing anything differ- 
ent with my life." 

Tison likes to balance his music life 
"by doing crazy adventure stuff. . . 
boxing, Crossfit, Ironman triathlons, 
private aviation, scuba diving." 

Tison credits instruction and oppor- 
tunities he was given at Northwestern 
State and atTCU for making him the 
musician, teacher and mentor he has 
become, thanking NSU faculty Bill 
Brent, Dr. Burt Allen, Dr. Charles Vinson 
and other teachers from high school 
and post-secondary years. 

"They mentored me, pushed me re- 
ally hard and gave me opportunities to 
truly spread my wings," he said. "I am 
so blessed to have many of them still 
in my life today as colleagues, mentors 
and friends. I hope many students and 
young people might be encouraged or 
inspired to find a wonderful career in 
music and teaching." 

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Former Poet Laureate Julie Kane 
named professor emeritus upon retirement 


Brainy Acts 'poetry Society Has been^ 
one oj my jav or i{e tilings t? ^ 0 ■ 

Dr. Julie Kane turned a 

page in her career as a professor of 
English at Northwestern State Univer- 
sity, as she retired in July after 1 7 years 
on the faculty. During her retirement 
celebration, colleagues announced 
Kane's status as professor emeritus. 

Kane has brought national attention 
to Northwestern State through her 
poetry. She has written five books of 
poetry, "Paper Bullets" written in 2013, 
"Jazz Funeral, ""Rhythm and Booze," 
"Body and Soul" and "The Bartender 

Kane won the Donald Justice Poetry 
Prize for "Jazz Funeral." A former Ful- 
bright Scholar, Kane was a winner of 
the National Poetry Series Open Com- 
petition for "Rhythm & Booze." She was 
a finalist for one of the major prizes in 
American poetry, The Poets' Prize for 
the Best Collection of American Poetry, 
and a judge for the 2005 National Book 
Award in Poetry. Northwestern State 
honored her with the 2004 Mildred 
Hart Bailey Research Award. 

She served as Louisiana's poet laure- 
ate from 2011-13. Her work has been 
featured twice on "The Writer's Alma- 
nac" on NPR. Kane frequently gives 
poetry readings around the country. 

"I'm lucky to be a poet and not a 
fiction writer because I can work on a 
poem for a few hours whenever I have 
the time and at least get a first draft 
done," said Kane. "I look forward to be- 
ing able to focus on my writing." 

Kane is working on a series of poems 
relating to Irish-Americans. Kane, who 
is of Irish heritage, is going back to an 

area she first started working on in 

"I'm going to look at women in the 
culture, how they were shaped in the 
culture and the choices they made," 
she said. 

Kane came to NSU in 1 999 and only 
planned to stay for a year. She quickly 
began to love the university and city of 

"I came here on a one-year appoint- 
ment as a visiting assistant professor. 

I had just received my Ph.D. and the 
department head Ray Wallace was 
looking to expand the department's 
creative writing offerings," said Kane. 

"I was going to spend the year getting 
teaching experience and looking for a 
permanent job. I really liked it here and 
it seemed like a good fit for me. My 
colleagues seemed to like me. A posi- 
tion came open and I was able to get a 
permanent job. I have enjoyed it here 
because it is a wonderful atmosphere. 
The students are friendly and my col- 
leagues are helpful and enjoyable to 
be around." 

Kane quickly found she could be an 
effective teacher of creative writing. 

"In my second semester, I taught 
my first creative writing class and 
knew I had found my niche," said 
Kane. "Creative writing is something 
that gave my students confidence in 

In her class, Kane uses the Iowa 
Workshop Method with great success. 

"The class as a whole reads each 
other's work and gives feedback," said 
Kane. "I have found my students to 

be very sensitive about the feelings 
of their classmates and open minded. 
Sometimes, they can be intimidated to 
get feedback from me, but when they 
get suggestions for improvement from 
fellow students, it presents an oppor- 
tunity for growth." 

Kane said she has found other 
activities at the university outside of 
the classroom to be rewarding. For the 
past six years, she advised the Brainy 
Acts Poetry Society, a group of North- 
western State students with an interest 
in writing and presenting poetry. 

"Working with the Brainy Acts Poetry 
Society has been one of my favorite 
things to do," said Kane. "There are very 
few English majors in the group and 
they use poetry as a way of self expres- 
sion and a means of bringing about 
social change because of injustices 
in society. They are very popular in 
campus and around the state. They are 
not interested in poetry for the sake 
of being in the Norton Anthology. It 
is a way to express themselves and be 

She has been faculty advisor for 
Argus, the campus literary magazine 
for 1 3 years. In that period, Argus has 
been ranked among the top campus 
literary magazines in the country. 

"I have looked back over the past 
issues and am reminded how talented 
our students are," said Kane. "The Argus 
staff always did a professional job of 
designing and editing. Each issue had 
its own identity and let people know 
what NSU students are thinking and 

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Cosumano, Maynard named to national ROTC Hall of Fame 

Two Northwestern State University 
alumni were inducted in a special 
ceremony into the U.S. Army ROTC 
National Hall of Fame earlier this year. 
Held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, the in- 
duction ceremony was part of ROTC's 
100th anniversary commemoration. 
Lieutenant General (Ret) Joseph M. 
Cosumano, Jr. and Lieutenant Colonel 
(Ret) Truman Maynard were among 
more than 300 distinguished gradu- 
ates to be honored. 

The Hall of Fame is intended to 
honor Reserve Officers'Training Corps 
graduates who have distinguished 
themselves in military or civilian 
pursuits. It provides a prestigious and 
tangible means of recognizing and 
honoring Army ROTC Alumni who 
have made significant, lasting contri- 
butions to the Nation, the Army, and 
the history and traditions of the Army 
ROTC Program. 

Cosumano commanded the NSU 
ROTC Cadet Corps as a senior and 
is an ROTC Distinguished Military 
Graduate. He served on active duty 
from 1 968-2004 and with distinction 
during the Vietnam, Desert Storm, 
Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom 

eras. He was a Patriot Brigade Com- 
mander with units in Saudi Arabia 
and Turkey during Operation Desert 
Storm. He culminated his career as 
the Commanding General of the Army 
Space and Missile Defense Command 
with units in both theatres of war. 

Cosumano maintained close ties 
with NSU's Demon Battalion and is 
a member of the NSU ROTC Hall of 
Fame and the university's alumni hall 
of distinction, the Long Purple Line. 

He is the first Colonel of the NSU 
Demon Regiment, an alumni orga- 
nization which provides mentorship 
and funds to aid and attract ROTC 

Cosumano resides in Huntsville, 

Maynard was commissioned 
through NSU's ROTC program in 1960 
as a second lieutenant of infantry. 

He served on active duty and was 
selected the top graduate of Flight 
School and the Infantry Advanced 
Course. He piloted the Army's largest 
airplane during the Vietnam conflict, 
the CV-2B Caribou. He participated 
in a large scale test of the Airmobil- 
ity Concept with the 1 1 th Air Assault 

Division and flew the Lockheed P-2 for 
special intelligence. 

After tours in Vietnam, Maynard 
made the Commandant's List for the 
Army Command and General Staff 
College and was selected to serve as 
a member of its faculty as an author/ 
instructor in the Department of 
Tactics. He was the top graduate of 
the Army HelicopterTransition Course 
and served as the Helicopter Unit 
Commander, Second Infantry Divi- 
sion, Korea. Serving as the project 
manager forTraining Devices, he was 
engaged in developing flight simula- 
tors and later managed the Multiple 
Integrated Laser Engagement System 
(MILES) Program. 

Maynard retired from active duty 
in 1980 and resides in Natchitoches. 

He was instrumental in forming 
NSU's ROTC alumni organization, the 
Demon Regiment. Serving as the first 
Chief of Staff, he devoted countless 
hours to building, organizing, and 
leading the Regiment. He took on 
an ambitious fundraising campaign 
resulting in a $100,000 endowment 
from the alumni for the NSU ROTC 

'Above the Best’ award targeted to outstanding ROTC cadet 

A graduate of Northwest- 
ern State University's ROTC 
program has established 
a scholarship through the 
NSU Foundation that will be 
awarded to a hardworking, 
motivated and dedicated 
cadet who contributes 
to the betterment of the 
Demon Battalion and is seen as a leader 
with great potential. 2nd Lt. Alejandro 
Cespedes, a 201 5 graduate, said he 
supports NSU's ROTC cadets because 
they are the future of the nation and the 
Armed Forces. 

"I'm a strong believer in the impor- 
tance of a college education," Cespedes 
said. "By being able to graduate college, 
you not only improve your life, but also 
the opportunity to impact life of others. 
As for the NSU Cadets, not only are they 
gaining a higher education but they are 
developing themselves to be the leaders 
of 'America's Son's and Daughter's.' Being 
in the Armed Forces isn't an easy task, 

especially in a time of war. It's a calling 
that less than 1 percent of the nation's 
population answers. I thought that by 
giving back to the program, I could al- 
leviate some stress of the recipient, as 
we all know college can be a stressful 
time in one's life, especially if they are 
juggling the minimum five credits and 
countless hours ROTC adds on top of a 
normal class load." 

The Andrea Rene Cespedes "Above the 
Best" Scholarship is a $500 award that 
will be presented to a NSU Army ROTC 
cadet for one semester with preference 
given to cadets from the Leesville/Fort 
Polk area. Recipients must maintain 
a grade point average of 3.3 or better, 
score 255 or better in the Army Physi- 
cal Fitness Test (APFT) with at least 85 
percent in each event and must gradu- 
ate and be commissioned through NSU's 
ROTC program. Recipients must not 
be on full ROTC scholarships and must 
exhibit all Army Values and Core Leader 
Competencies IAW FM 6-22. 

Cespedes named the scholarship after 
his daughter and after the U.S. Army 
Aviation Branch motto. 

"I named it after my daughter because 
she was my motivation throughout col- 
lege, not only to pass and get by, but to 
exceed the standards and do my best," 
Cespedes explained. "I saw the Aviation 
Branch motto fit for the scholarship, not 
only because I'm an Army aviator, but 
also because the standards I set for the 
scholarship require you to be 'Above the 
Best.'The standards I set for the scholar- 
ship are all something I have met myself 
and maintained. I couldn't have asked for 
someone to meet a requirement I myself 
didn't. The scholarship was created to 
recognize the hard work and dedication 
the cadet has accomplished. Hopefully 
it will encourage all of them to compete 
for it and strive to be nothing but 'Above 
the Best.'" 

Cespedes is a second lieutenant, Delta 
Company, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation 
Regiment based at Fort Rucker, Alabama. 

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Music scholarship honors band director/jazz musician 

F.B. Ward was a band director who 
loved music and loved maintaining 
a close network of friends among his 
colleagues in music education. As a 
musician and band director, F.B. Ward 
had a long and distinguished career 
teaching young musicians in Arkansas, 
Texas and Louisiana, competing in 
contests, arranging music and per- 
forming jazz standards with different 
ensembles. In his memory, his chil- 
dren Mark Ward, Barbara McCoy, Jana 
Mayeaux and Joel Ward, have estab- 
lished the F.B. Ward Scholarship in Jazz 
at Northwestern State University. 

The scholarship will be awarded to a 
student selected by the coordinator of 
NSU's Jazz Orchestra and the director 
of the School of Creative and Perform- 
ing Arts. The student must maintain 
a grade point average of 2.5 or better, 
while striving to excel in jazz band at 

"Our dad had a fantastic career," 
Mark Ward said. "Think of what music 
and jazz were like in the 50s and 60s. 

A lot of those guys were in the military 
and there was a big culture of music 
there, whether it was drilling/march- 
ing techniques or playing swing (jazz). 
There was a close community and a 
lot of overlap with people who knew 
each other. The band directors in 
those days shared best practices, and 
they played swing, jazz and big band 

F.B. Ward was especially gifted at 
saxophone and piano, playing by ear 
and performing for friends and family. 
"He loved modulation, change of key 
and moving from one song to the next 
seamlessly," Mark Ward said. "He wrote 
arrangements for jazz band by modify- 
ing chord progression, rhythm and 
instrument voicing. The music and 
performances in high school jazz were 

Mark Ward, Galindo Rodriguez and 
Barbara McCoy 

written to fit his band." 

"The recipient will be a student 
participating in the University Jazz 
Orchestra or jazz combos," said Galindo 
Rodriguez, director of NSU's Jazz 
Orchestra and jazz ensembles. 

"The man's life was about music, 
teaching, and competing to be the 
best," Mark Ward said. "Although he 
had many other interests and obliga- 
tions, including raising four kids with 
his loving wife, he continued to press 
forward towards the high bar of excel- 
lence in music education in Louisiana 
and beyond." 

Scholarship for beloved math teacher will benefit STEM student 


Peter H. Breedlove 

"I may not be the world's 
best mathematician, but you'll be 
hard pressed to find 
a better teacher of math." 

A family with a long legacy associat- 
ed with Northwestern State University 
established a scholarship to honor 
the family patriarch who taught math 
and science to several generations of 
Natchitoches students. The Peter H. 
Breedlove Endowed Scholarship will 
be presented to a Northwestern State 
student pursuing a degree in a STEM 
(science, technology, mathematics and 

Peter H. Breedlove graduated from 
Natchitoches High School in 1 924 and 
earned a bachelor's degree from NSU 
when it was known as Louisiana State 
Normal College on June 1 0, 1 929. He 
earned a master's degree in education 
in 1 950 at Louisiana State University. His 
wife, lla Harper Breedlove, also gradu- 
ated from Normal, followed by his only 
daughter, Frances, and three grandchil- 
dren, Mark, Clark and Fair Hyams. 

"As an algebra, physics and math 
teacher at Natchitoches High, he 
prepared hundreds of students for 
NSU," said Fair Hyams, Peter Breedlove's 
grandson. "He once told me, 'I may not 
be the world's best mathematician, but 
you'll be hard pressed to find a better 
teacher of math.' The 1 953 Natchi- 
toches High Chinquapin yearbook was 
dedicated to him and was filled with 

praise from his students.... 'You're the 
best math teacher, ever!' "You're the fin- 
est teacher I knew' and a simple, 'Thank 
you, Mr. Breedlove.'" 

After retiring from teaching in 1 969, 
Breedlove lived the remainder of his life 
in Natchitoches and was an avid fan of 
NSU athletics. He passed away in 1 982. 
His daughter, Frances, passed away 
April 9 this year after a long battle with 

"One of the last times I saw her truly 
happy was when we talked about the 
scholarship in her dad's honor," Hyams 
said. "My mother was always proud of 
her father and proud to be known as 
'Pete's beautiful and smart daughter.' 
This was her way of honoring her dad 
for the school he loved." 

Hyams said everyone in Natchitoches 
seemed to know his grandfather. 

"When I was 1 0 years old, we'd drive 
through Natchitoches and the police- 
man directing traffic would say/Hey 
Mr. Breedlove,' as we passed through 
the intersection. Young women in the 
department stores would greet him 
and often hug him. Even people on the 
street as we drove by would shout 'Hey, 
Mr. Breedlove.' I asked him,'Granddad- 
dy, are you famous or something?' He 
said, 'I taught half this town.'" 

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Murphy establishes legacy of giving 

Kevin Murphy believes 
that success is shaped 
by strong principles and 
a focus towards giving 
back. Murphy, a 1982 
business administration 
graduate, believes every- 
one should give back. 

"None of us got where 
we are solely because 
of ourselves," he said. 
"There have been many 
people who mentored, 
shaped and helped us. 
I've achieved success 
because I've surrounded 
myself with people who 
coached me to make a 

difference, even after I'm gone." 

Earlier this year Murphy established a bequest with the NSU 
Foundation that will benefit the university far into the future. 

"It's about legacy," he said, "Not only for my family but a 
legacy that will exist long after I'm gone." 

Murphy is a certified financial planner for Ameriprise with 
more than 33 years of experience as a private wealth advisor 
and franchise consultant. He is licensed and registered to con- 
duct business in Louisiana, Arkansas and California. 

He is originally from Montgomery and has many family ties 
to Northwestern State where he was involved with intramu- 
ral sports and The Current Sauce. He and his wife Janet are 
parents of Tanner, 25, and Karli, 22. As a financial planner, he 
has worked with others over the years who wished to establish 
legacy gifts to benefit Northwestern State in their wills. 

"I want to be an example for my children and encourage 
them to give," he said. "I talk to them about the importance of 

At NSU, he found professors and friends who encouraged 
him and helped launch his career. 

"There is an energy on campus that is contagious, not just 
with students, but with alumni as well. Going to NSU was not 
just an education opportunity, it was a social opportunity 
where I interacted with professors and with friends and learned 
to apply how you relate to people in the business world," he 
said. It's the people who shaped my life that made me success- 
ful, and you will be successful if you live by your principles." 

Kevin Murphy 

Huddleston gift will benefit Scholars’ student interested in studying abroad 

A Northwestern State University 
alumnus is paying it forward to future 
NSU students through a planned gift 
that will leave a portion of his estate to 
the NSU Foundation and establish an 
endowed scholarship. Todd Huddleston 
of Metairie established the gift with the 
intent that it benefit a student in the 
Louisiana Scholars' College for all four 
years of study. 

Huddleston was in the first graduating 
class of the Louisiana Scholars' College at 
NSU, Louisiana's only designated honors 
college that was established in 1987. He 
earned a degree in mathematics in 1991 
and said he appreciated the curriculum 
that developed critical thinking and 
communication skills. 

"When you go out into the world 
you've got to be able to speak, write and 
communicate," said Huddleston, who has 
traveled and lived abroad. "The Scholars' 
College introduced me to other people 
with other ideologies. I learned to listen 
to people and accept that they had dif- 
ferent ideas, even if I didn't agree with 

Huddleston and several of his high 
school classmates from New Orleans 
visited Northwestern State as seniors on 
the recommendation of their principal, 
NSU alum Herb Roach, who encour- 
aged them to explore Northwestern and 
the new Scholars' College. Huddleston 
remembers Dr. Stan Chadick, Dr. Tom 

Samet and Dr. Nadya Keller as impor- 
tant professor mentors. In addition to 
academic challenges at Scholars', he 
discovered a tremendous comradery 
among residents of Bossier Hall, got 
involved with KNWD and the Student 
Government Association and later 
pledged Kappa Alpha Fraternity. 

After graduating from Northwestern 
State, Huddleston attended graduate 
school at the University of North Texas 
but felt burned out on mathematics and 
moved to Korea from 1 992-99 where he 
taught English as a second language and 
studied martial arts. He attended Yonsei 
University to learn to speak Korean, then 
did radio and TV commentary on Korean 
culture and customs from a Western 

Martial arts has been a big part of 
Huddleston's life since he started prac- 
tice at age 9 with his father and brother, 
and after moving back to the U.S., he 
opened the successful Yonsei Martial 
Arts Academy in New Orleans in 1 999. 
Earlier this summer, he joined the elite 
ranks of Grandmaster when he tested for 
his 8 th degree black belt in Seoul, South 
Korea, and was appointed representative 
for Louisiana. He credits martial arts for 
teaching him self-discipline and keep- 
ing him on the straight and narrow as a 

The recipient of the Huddleston 
scholarship must maintain a 3.0 or better 

grade point aver- 
age. Huddleston 
said he hopes his 
scholarship will 
help someone 
interested in 
studying abroad, 
just as he did 
in Korea. He 
was motivated 
to establish the 
planned gift 
through a sense 
of loyalty and a desire to express his 
appreciation to those who helped him as 
an undergraduate. 

"I was in touch with my professors 
after I left NSU and most of my friends 
are people I met at NSU. You owe the 
people that helped you," he said. "It was 
the people that made my time at North- 
western special." 

"Mr. Huddleston's generosity will 
extend far beyond the present," said 
Brittany McConathy, associate director of 
Development. "Planned gifts provide for 
future generations of deserving students 
and are a legacy for the donor at North- 
western State." 

"NSU believed in me when I was a stu- 
dent there," Huddleston said. "That's one 
of the major reasons I'm giving back." 

For information on establishing a 
planned gift at NSU, contact McConathy at 
(318) 357-5215 or mcconathvb(5) . 



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Commercial photographer 
creates first-ever 
photography scholarship 

"Through the 
kindness of 
Mr. Davis, one 
student each 
year will be able 
to use these 
funds to expand 
their learning 

— Matt DeFord 

A Northwestern State University 

alumnus who enjoyed a long career 
as a successful commercial photog- 
rapher has created the first-ever endowed 
scholarship for a student interested in 
pursuing photography as a career. The 
Robert Davis Endowed Scholarship will be 
presented to a junior or senior minoring 
in photography with first preference given 
to students who aspire to become profes- 
sional photographers. The student must 
maintain a 2.5 grade point average. 

Davis of Baton Rouge was a photogra- 
phy hobbyist, but an elective course he 
took at Northwestern State pointed him 
in the direction of serious photography. 
Davis attended NSU majoring in business 
and participating in ROTCfrom 1965 until 
he graduated in 1 968. After serving in 
the Army for three years, he returned to 
NSU on the Gl Bill to pursue an MBA and 
enrolled in a photography class to learn 
the darkroom skills of processing film and 
developing prints. 

"Photography was a serious hobby, so I 
took the course and it taught me so much," 
he said. "I eventually had a free lance com- 
mercial photography business for 38 years. 
It was really good to me, and I always at- 
tributed that good fortune to that class at 

Commercial photography involved 
broad-based subject matter in relation to 
advertising, public relations, brochures, 
reports, people shots, board rooms and 
working situations. He migrated to digital 
photography around 2000. He retired two 
years ago and dabbles with computers as 
a hobby. 

Davis worked with the NSU Foundation 
to arrange for a percentage of his invest- 
ment portfolio to benefit Northwestern 
State. He said the ideal recipient of the 
Robert Davis Endowed Scholarship would 
be a student with a strong desire to pursue 
professional photography. 

"Through the kindness of Mr. Davis, one 
photography student each year will be 
able to use these funds to expand their 
learning opportunities," said Matt DeFord, 
coordinator of the Department of Fine + 
Graphic Art. "The student will be able to 
purchase photography equipment, pay 
tuition or use it for other living expenses. 
Our photography students have a history 
of success in the field, and with this gener- 
ous endowment, they will be helped on 
their way." 


scholarship, pays 
it forward for 
minority students 

Kimberly Gallow 

A young professional and recent 
Northwestern State University gradu- 
ate is already paying it forward by 
creating a scholarship to support 
minority students. Kimberly K. Gallow, 
a 201 5 graduate of Northwestern 
State, who has begun her career 
on campus as assistant director of 
Development, created the Kimberly K. 
Gallow Minority Scholarship to benefit 
minority students majoring in business 
administration. Scholarship recipients 
must maintain a 2.0 or better grade 
point average. 

"I learned that it is important to 
build a culture of giving because it 
impacts not only our university but our 
students and the future of Northwest- 
ern State," Gallow said. "Even a short 
term investment can benefit NSU in 
a variety of different ways including 
providing scholarships, covering ex- 
penses in academic departments and 
also being able to drive real change for 

Gallow is a native of Lafayette and a 
May 201 5 graduate of NSU, earning a 
degree in business administration. She 
previously held positions at NSU as a 
recruiter for Acadiana and the greater 
New Orleans area and as assistant 
director of Alumni Affairs, where she 
managed programs, events and ac- 
tivities based on geographical region, 
class years and specifically targeted 
young alumni to increase engagement 
with NSU. 

As an undergraduate, Gallow was a 
member of the Demon Dazzler Dance 
Line and involved with the Presiden- 
tial Leadership Program, the Student 
Government Association, the Student 
Activities Board, Freshman Connection 
and KNWD Radio Station. During her 
senior year, she created an empow- 
erment organization called La Belle 

"Because of Northwestern State, I was 
able to gain a valuable education, real 
world experience and even the opportu- 
nity to work for my alma mater, "Gallow 
said. "The faculty, staff and professors 
in the College of Business challenged 
me to think outside of the box. Because 
of them, I am where I am today. I am 
confident in my career and carry purple 
pride with me everywhere I go." 

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The 1966 squad defied preseason predictions and went 9-0. 


Reunion of undefeated 1966 team will take place during Homecoming 

COACHING STAFF, Coach Red Phillips. Coach Gene Knecht, Head Coach Jack 
Clayton, Coach Alvin Brown, Coach John Ropp. 

TRAINING STAFF: John Porche, Eugene Christ- 
mas, Clay Harper, and Jack Milligan. 

Perfection will be celebrated at 
Homecoming 201 6 as the university 
commemorates the 50th anniversary 
of Northwestern State's unbeaten, top- 
ranked 1966 football team. 

Team members and family members 
of players, coaches, trainers, managers 
and others are invited to participate. 

Major events during the weekend 
include a Friday evening banquet, the 
Saturday morning N-Club Hall of Fame 
ceremony and the 6 p.m. Homecom- 
ing football game atTurpin Stadium 
against longtime rival McNeese.The 
1 966 Demons will be recognized on 
the field at the game, said the reunion 
organizer, NSU assistant athletic direc- 
tor Haley Taitano. 

Coached by Jack Clayton, with as- 
sistants Alvin "Cracker" Brown, Gene 
Knecht, Red Phillips and John Ropp, 
the Demons finished 9-0, won the Gulf 
States Conference championship and 

were ranked No. 1 nationally in the 
NAIA poll. They capped their perfect 
season with a comeback win at home, 
27-24, over Southeastern Louisiana. No 
other opponent scored more than 14 
points (once) against NSC, who won by 
an average of 1 7 points. 

Six players on the 1 966 team -- All- 
American defensive back Al Dodd, 
quarterback Don Guidry, offensive 
lineman Ross Gwinn, receiver Al 
Phillips, quarterback Mike Pool and 
receiver Dick Reding - are on the Top 
100 Demon Players of All-Time roster 
selected during the 2007 centennial 
celebration of NSU football. 

For additional information about the 
reunion, email Taitano at blounth(5) or call her at 318-357-4278. 

For the reunion schedule and to 
register online, visit http://nsudemons. 
com/sports/201 6/4/28/1 966-football- 
team-reunion.aspx?path=football . 

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Barbier fills out 
baseball coaching staff 

When it came to filling out his first 
Northwestern State baseball coach- 
ing staff, first-year head coach Bobby 
Barbier reached into a few realms of 
his past. 

After being named head coach 
in June, Barbier, a former Academic 
All-American baseball player and a De- 
cember 2006 NSU graduate, rounded 
out his staff by hiring pitching coach 
Chris Bertrand and hitting coach Taylor 

Barbier retained assistant coach and 
recruiting coordinator G.T. McCullough 
from former coach Lane Burroughs' 

While Barbier and McCullough spent 
the past two seasons on the staff with 
McCullough, the new Demons skipper 
formed relationships with his two new 
hires in earlier stages of his career. 

Barbier's relationship with Bertrand 
began when the pair were young 
assistant coaches repeatedly crossing 
paths on the recruiting trail - Barbier 
at Northwestern State and Bertrand 
at LSUS. Barbier recalled meeting 
Bertrand at summer tournaments and 
discussing the finer points of the game 
and the recruiting process as the pair 
began their coaching climbs. 

In the decade plus since those meet- 
ings, Bertrand has become a respected 
pitching coach who helped LSUS to 
three NAIA World Series appearances 
before a successful four-year run as 
the head coach at NCAA Division Ill's 

Before spending four years as the 
head coach at UTTyler, Bertrand spent 
seven years as the pitching coach and 
associate head coach at LSUS where 
his pitching staffs set three single-sea- 
son school records, including the mark 
for strikeouts (476), which still stands. 

An Abbeville native, Bertrand 
compiled a 1 1 9-69 mark as the UT 
Tyler head coach, collecting three 

American Southwest Conference 
championships and reaching the 
NCAA Division III regionals on three 

He tutored 41 all-conference and 
eight all-region players with the 

When it came to completing his 
first Demons staff, Barbier reached 
into his more recent past and again 
came up with a Louisiana native who 
makes his return to the Pelican State. 

Taylor Dugas, a Lafayette native 
and a multiple school-record holder 
at Alabama, rounded out Barbier's 
first staff as the Demons new hitting 

Dugas is a two-time Major League 
Baseball First-Year Player Draft pick, 
being taken in the eighth round of 
the 201 1 draft by the Chicago Cubs 
and again in the eighth round in 
2012 by the New York Yankees. 

After parts of three seasons in the 
minor leagues, Dugas was promoted 
to the Yankees on July 1 , 201 5. He 
finished his professional career with 
a .283 batting average while drawing 
195 walks. 

At Alabama, Dugas played for 
former Northwestern State head coach 
Mitch Gaspard and Barbier, who was 
an assistant on Gaspard's staff. Dugas 
owns Alabama career records for hits 
(334), singles (235), doubles (67) and 
triples (18). 

In addition to being the Demons 
hitting coach, Dugas will work with the 
NSU outfielders and base runners. 

"In addition to Bertrand and Dugas, 
former Demons pitcher Jeff Stovall 
joins another NSU pitching alumnus, 
Brandon Smith, as the team's graduate 

For Barbier, adding Bertrand and 
Dugas to the already-strong bond he 
and McCullough shared was an easy 

Bobby Barbier 

Chris Bertrand 

Taylor Dugas 

"I am excited about 
the coaches who 
have decided to join 
our staff. As excited 
as I am about their 
ability to coach 
and recruit, they 
are all men of great 
character who 
will help teach 
the standards we 
expect our players 
to live up to" 

— Coach Barbier 

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NSU soccer marks 20th anniversary 

From its very first match on Aug. 31,1 996, Northwestern State women's soccer has plenty 
to show in its first 20 years of existence. 

The University will honor its soccer alumni and their con- 
tributions to the program Oct. 21 during a home match vs. 

"The first NSU women's soccer match in school history 
occurred within a week of my start" said Greg Burke, NSU 
Director of Athletics. "From that moment, it has been an 
honor over the past 20 years to be a part of many great suc- 
cess stories." 

Many women's soccer programs sprouted in the mid- 
1 990s, but NSU found success earlier than most. 

NSU's second team in 1997 won a surprise Southland Con- 
ference Tournament title, one of three teams to accomplish 
that feat in the program's first seven years. 

Holly Horn was a staple on those early teams. The four- 
time all-conference selection played for two conference 
tournament champions (1 997, 2000) and helped the Lady 
Demons to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2000. 

Last year, Horn became the first NSU women's soccer 
player inducted into the N Club Hall of Fame, which honors 
the school's most prestigious student-athletes. 

Maribeth Forrest was the program's first coach and guided 
the team to the surprise conference tournament title, while 
Pete Watkins and also Jimmy Mitchell led the program to 
rare early success. 

Watkins posted the program's first non-losing season in 
his only campaign in 1 998 (9-9-2) before Jimmy Mitchell led 
the squad to six winning seasons and another four seasons 
of even records in his tenure (1999-201 1). 

Mitchell's 2000 team was the first Louisiana school to 
make an NCAA Tournament, and NSU's three appearances 
are tied for the most of any current Southland Conference 

Brittany Cargill starred with Horn on those early teams, 
earning three first-team All-Southland Conference selec- 
tions and winning the conference player of the year award in 
2000. Other all-conference honors went to key players such 
as Jacquai Lawrence, Hillarie Marshall, Missy Payne, Tiffany 

Swingler, Shannon Tenney and Kim Weber. 

Mitchell (SLC Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2002) and NSU 
had similar success over the next five years, winning confer- 
ence tournament titles in 2002 and 2005 with corresponding 
NCAA appearances. 

Katie Priest, a three-time all-conference pick, spearheaded 
the 2002 team as the SLC Player of the Year while Heather 
Penico won the league's freshman of the year honor. 

Other standouts from that 2002 squad included Lawrence, 
Marshall, Rachel Folk, Brittany Hung, Stephanie Miller and 
Tara Powasnik as all-league selections. Goalkeeper Nellie 
Latiolas was named the SLC Tournament MVP for a gritty 
team missing several players because of injury. 

Penico came full circle in 2005, earning the SLC's Player of 
the Year award while helping the Lady Demons edge Sam 
Houston State 1-0 in overtime of the conference tournament 
championship game to earn another NCAA Tournament 

Fellow all-conference honorees included Powasnik, Miller, 
Ashley Hadley, Julie Zavala, Mya Walsh and Erin Hebert. Za- 
vala provided the overtime goal to beat Sam Houston State. 

Mitchell guided NSU to conference tournaments in eight 
of his first 1 0 seasons, the final appearance being in 2008. 

Hebert cemented her status as one of the all-time NSU 
greats with three first-team All-SLC selections highlighted by 
the league's player of the year award in 2007. 

More recently, Cassandra Briscoe and Esdeina Gonzalez 
were picked to All-SLC teams in 201 5, leading a team that 
tied regular season champion Stephen F. Austin, conference 
tournament champion Southeastern and Southeastern 
Conference foe LSU. 

Perhaps even more importantly, NSU boasts 1 3 SLC first- 
team all-academic selections and regularly has a team GPA 
above 3.5. 

Jackie Strug won the 2014-15 SLC Steve McCarty Citizen- 
ship Award, exhibiting outstanding qualities in citizenship, 
sportsmanship, leadership and community service. 

The Lady Demon soccer team celebrates 
winning the 2005 Southland Conference 
Tournament championship at home, 
one of the top moments in 20 years of 
the sport at NSU. The victory earned an 
NCAA Tournament appearance, the third 
in five years for the program. 

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N-Club Hall of Fame inductees to be honored during Homecoming 

John Barrier 

Keith Thibodeaux Mona Martin 

Another set of historic Northwest- 
ern State athletes will be inducted 
into NSU's N-Club Hall of Fame on 
Oct. 22 as part of the university's an- 
nual Homecoming celebration. 

The six NSU all-time greats include 
softball star Becca Allen, track and 
field decathlete John Barrier, work- 
man-like basketball forward George 
Jones, standout football receiver 
Patrick Palmer, shutdown football 
cornerback Keith Thibodeaux and 
crafty pitcher Jimmy Stewart. 

The 2016 class will be enshrined at 
1 0 a.m. on Homecoming Saturday at 
Magale Recital Hall. The event is free 
and open to the public. 

Receiving the N-Club's Distin- 
guished Service Award is Mona 
Martin, one of the original 13 
recipients of Louisiana's first female 
athletics scholarships before a storied 
coaching career at the high school 
and college levels. 

Allen (1995-98) helped lay the 
groundwork for one NSU softball's 
golden eras in the late 1 990s that 
carried over into the 2000s. The two- 
year all-conference shortstop was 
the MVP of the 1 998 Southland 
Conference Tournament as the Lady 
Demons appeared in their first- 
ever NCAA Tournament. The NCAA 
Regional team selection finished 
her career in the top five of 1 9 NSU 
season and career records, includ- 
ing career starts (208, first), home 
runs (1 6, second), total bases (265, 
third) and slugging percentage (.442, 

Barrier (1 975-79) was a contender 
for the U.S. Olympic team in the 
decathlon before the USA withdrew 
from the Moscow Games and didn't 
conduct OlympicTrials. NSU coach 

Jerry Dyes considers Barrier one of 
the best athletes he's ever coached, 
obtaining marks such as 230-0 in 
the javelin, 6-10 in the high jump 
and nearly 1 7 feet in the pole vault 
among other events. Barrier finished 
third in a USATF meet in Wichita, 
qualifying for the national meet. 

Jones (1984-88) brought his hard 
hat to the basketball hardwood, 
finishing his career 1 0th in scoring 
(1,348 points, 12.6 ppg) and ninth in 
rebounding (701 , 6.6 rpg). The gritty 
Captain Shreve product has three of 
the top 10 single-season field goal 
percentages in NSU history, shoot- 
ing 62.8 percent (third), 61 .6 percent 
(sixth) and 59 percent (10th) in 
separate campaigns. Also a defen- 
sive standout, his 107 career blocks 
ranked fifth on the school charts. 

Football players Patrick Palmer 
(1994-97) and Keith Thibodeaux 
(1 993-96) said they weren't best 
of friends when they competed in 
practice, but the two Top 1 00 Demon 
Players of All-Time members sharp- 
ened each other for stellar careers. 

Palmer's 2,223 career receiving 
yards stood as the NSU standard 
until this past season with the 
then-second- best and ninth-best 
single-season totals of 829 and 657 
receiving yards. He tied a single- 
game record with 216 yards on seven 
catches (second on the list now) to 
lead NSU to a win over Stephen F. Aus- 
tin and a share of the 1997 Southland 
Conference championship and FCS 
playoff berth. The 1 996 conference 
offensive player of the year played 
briefly in the NFL with three differ- 
ent teams before a three-year tenure 
with the CFL's Calgary Roughriders, 
winning the 2001 Grey Cup. 

Thibodeaux was a three-year start- 
er for coach Sam Goodwin, earning 
an all- conference first-team selection 
as a senior. The Opelousas native had 
1 0 of his career 24 pass breakups as a 
senior to go with 1 62 career tackles. 
The fifth-round NFL Draft pick (1 997) 
played from 1997-2001 with Wash- 
ington, Atlanta, Minnesota and Green 

Stewart (1968-71) highlighted his 
NSU career with an All-Gulf States 
Conference first-team selection fol- 
lowing a 7-4 campaign with a 1 .69 
ERA and 78 strikeouts in 71 innings. 
He finished 22 of his 23 starts in his 
last three seasons, often starting 
the first game of a doubleheader 
and coming out of the bullpen in 
the second game. The Doyline na- 
tive reached theTriple-A level in the 
California Angels organization before 
a career-ending shoulder injury, but 
Stewart went on to have a success- 
ful 32- career in education as a high 
school baseball coach and principal 
in Webster Parish. Playing basketball 
at NSU in his first two seasons, he and 
his brother Buddy created the Stew- 
art Boys Scholarship endowment. 

Martin helped the Lady Demons 
to the 1989 NCAA Tournament in her 
only season on staff as an associate 
head coach following a highly suc- 
cessful run at Natchitoches Central, 
winning state titles in 1 981 , 1 986 and 
1987 with a perfect record and na- 
tional coach of the year honor in 
1 986. She returned to the high school 
ranks at West Monroe before taking 
over at ULM for 1 9 seasons, which 
ended in 2014. Martin's 263 wins is 
the most in ULM program history, 
and she was a two-time conference 
coach of the year. 




Northwestern State University class rings and jewelry are now 
available to graduates and alumni through Josten's. Rings are 
numbered sequentially, beginning with Ring #1 that was presented 
to NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, a 1 994 graduate, earlier this year 
by the staff in Alumni and Development. Tonia Henderson, a 1 993 
NSU graduate, was presented with a matching necklace pendant. Six 
NSU class ring options are available. Graduating seniors will be able 
to order their rings, along with graduation invitations and other items, 
during Grad Fest each semester. They will receive their rings during 
a ring ceremony just prior to commencement. Alumni can order a 
class ring or other NSU jewelry by visiting and selecting 
Northwestern State University as the user's school group. 

d 1 F 

In Memory 

1 947 - Mary Lee Sigler Posey, 
June 1 7, 201 6, Natchitoches 

1 949 - Jerry Wise, Aug. 29, 201 6, 

1 950 - Helen Fay Sellers, June 25, 
2016, Corpus Christi, Texas 

Alumni visiting Natchitoches/Northwestern State are welcome to stop by Cafe DeMon, 
located at Watson Library. Indoor and outdoor seating is available at Cafe DeMon, 
which is operated by Sodexo and sells Starbucks products. Hours of operation are 7 
a.m.-l 1 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hours may vary 
on holidays, during finals week and during semester breaks. 

For more information, visit the NSU Campus Dining Facebook page. 

If you are planning a visit to campus, be sure to visit to help plan 
your itinerary. There are always activities, events, exhibits and attractions that appeal 
to visitors that take place year-round in Natchitoches and Cane River Country. 

1 958 - Jimmy D. "Coach" Hayes, 
June 1 8, 201 6, Tyler, Texas 

1 958 - Jimmy Stothart, June 1 , 
2016, Coushatta 

1 959 - Gloria Jean Willis Berman, 
June 3, 201 6, Kennewick, 

1961 - Percy Little, March 31, 
2016, Bastrop 

1 967 - Carroll Long - Aug. 1 9, 
2016, Natchitoches 

1 969 - Joseph C. "Jody" Nelson, 
May 1 3, 201 6, Lindale, Texas 

1 970 - Dr. Raymond Gilbert, June 

26, 2016, Natchitoches 

1 987 - Beebe Martin - Aug. 4, 
2016, Natchitoches 

April Cosette Donald Wise, May 

27, 2016, Natchitoches 

Gail Stern Kwak - Aug. 5, 2016, 

Jimmie D. Long Sr. - Aug, 9, 201 6, 

Diana Zacarias - April 2, 201 6, 

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Guess Who 

Answer to the Summer Guess Who 

The Current Sauce editor from 1 956-57 who went on 
to enjoy a long career as a celebrated sports writer 
was Jerry Byrd. Those who guessed correctly are as 

Mike Murphy (1959), Natchitoches 
Glenn Sapp (1971), Waskom, Texas 
Patrick Williams (1961, 1962), Monroe 
Gayle Howell (1966), Natchitoches 
Bill Cantrell (1968), Shreveport 

Jane Timms (1973), Bossier City 
Yvonne Hollingsworth Pirtle (1957), Ball 
Laurie Gentry 

Johnnie Emmons (1953), Natchitoches 

Tom Kelly (1959), Dodson 

Dr. William R. Rambin (1960), Monroe 

C. Don Morgan Jr. (1957), Baton Rouge 

Hannah Ricks (1972, 2004), Many 

Craig Poleman (1985), Shreveport 

Ray Burnham (1957, 1966), Springhill 

Lonnie Bennett (1955), Monroe 

Philip Timothy (1976), Deville 

Patty (1966, 1974) and Wayne (1969) Walker, Natchitoches 

Linda Morehead 

Venton (1959, 1979) and Glenda (1960) Coburn, Anacoco 

Michael Price (1974), Bossier City 

Shirley Clark (1950), Shreveport 

Marsha Whitford (1966), Shreveport 

Norbert P. Vincent (1960), Baton Rouge 

James Lipsey (1959), Shreveport 

Bobby Shields (1974), Shreveport 

Steve Gaspard (1970), Bossier City 

Gary DeBlieux (1970), Natchitoches 

Tom Daniel (1971), Shreveport 

Sue Campbell, Provencal 

Denman Shaffer (1967), Shreveport 

Cathy Warner 

Jean Bamburg (1962), Bossier City 
Jim Rougeau (1958), Shreveport 
Tom Woltz (1979), Houston 
Mary Miles Byrne Pozzi (1957), Houston 
Perry Anderson (1985), Homer 
Carolyn Warren (1960), Coushatta 
Tom Barton (1979), Stella, North Carolina 
John Rambin (1969), Pelican 
Joe Spataro (1959), Monroe 
Bob Birtman 

Mickey Crnkovic (1 958), Zwolle 

Glynn Phillips (1959), Sausalito, California 

Rudy Hines (1978), Benton 

Trey J. Allen, Haughton 

Wade Bonds (1972), Haughton 

Ray Timm (1957), Columbus, Mississippi 

Jim Martin (1985), Pearl, Mississippi 

Ronald Byrd (1954), Shreveport 

George A. Cates (1 959), Oro Valley, Tucson, Arizona 

Christina Palomo (2014), Los Angeles 

J.W. Beck (1958), Jackson, Mississippi 

Bobby Leach (1955), Corpus Christi, Texas 

Donnie Meisner (1963), Fayetteville, Arkansas 

Ruth Simmons Stedman (1958), Pleasant Hill 

Mike Hyams, (1962), Dawsonville, Georgia 

Homecoming 2001 : For the first time, Northwestern State 
included men in the Homecoming Honor Court. Can you name 
NSU's first Homecoming King and his Queen? The two are pictured 
being crowned by 2000 Homecoming Queen Virginia Dixon and 
NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb. Submit answers by emailing 
iacksonl(5) or by calling (318) 357-4553. 

Looking Back 


The charter membership of Beta 
Omicron Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi, for- 
merly Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Nu, 
nationalized 40 years ago on Sept. 22, 

1 956. Jack McCain Jr. served as Archon 
(president), during the fall semester. 
Jerry Payne served as Archon in the 
spring of 1957. Other leaders were 
John McTyre, Mickey Muprhy, Bucky 
Tumminello, Robert Kelly, Barney 
Seiler, Don Cook, Roy Baldwin, Alva 
Lary, J.D. Montgomery. Their sweet- 
hearts were Peggy Kerr and Clois 

Above: 1957 Below: 1966 

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Class of 2020 

Nearly 1,400 new students began the Fall 2016 semester with New Student Convocation, 
a ceremony to mark the beginning of their academic journey at Northwestern State University. 
The class of 2020 is one of the largest freshman classes in the university's history.